In episode three of this tense true story, Kelly insists on further tests to prove the gun found in Moody’s home was used to kill Rhys. His determination pays off when new evidence shows that a damaged barrel was responsible for the previously inconsistent findings. Fractures begin to emerge in Rhys’s parents’ relationship as they grieve in contrasting ways. With the murder weapon confirmed, Moody (Michael Moran) finally admits that it was Sean Mercer (Paddy Rowan) who handed him the gun. Kelly pushes for an immunity deal that will spare Moody a prison sentence in exchange for his crucial testimony. Claire Olssen (Faye McKeever) finally caves in and raises uncertainty over the timeline of events following Rhys’s shooting.
Little Boy Blue is a four-part drama series based on a true story. When 11-year-old schoolboy Rhys Jones is shot dead by a teenage thug whose intended target was a rival gang member, the murder sends shock waves through the city of Liverpool. Detective Superintendent Dave Kelly (Stephen Graham) is under increasing pressure to bring the killer to justice, but his efforts are frustrated by the suspect’s friends and family, who spin a web of lies designed to keep him free. As witnesses are forced to examine their conscience, Rhys’s parents, Mel (Sinèad Keenan) and Steve (Brìan F. O’Byrne) navigate their way through the emotional fallout, while battling to keep their family together.
Little Boy Blue Episode 3 (of 4) airs on Monday 8 May 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on ITV.